- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Senate approves stopgap spending
The Senate yesterday passed by voice vote a stopgap spending bill that in lieu of the permanent spending bills for fiscal 2002 will keep the government's doors open through Oct. 16.
The House approved the measure unanimously on Monday, so the vote sends the bill to the White House.
The bill takes effect next Monday, the beginning of the new fiscal year, and would give lawmakers time to resolve differences on the as-yet-unfinished 13 annual spending bills.

Court hears arguments in 1975 murder case
HARTFORD, Conn. Prosecutors and defense lawyers argued before the state Supreme Court yesterday over the relevance of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's age in the case accusing him of murder 26 years ago.
Justices heard arguments on Mr. Skakel's appeal of a lower court decision that transferred his murder case from juvenile to adult court.
"There was no other reasonable conclusion the court could have come to," said Susann Gill, an assistant state's attorney.
Mr. Skakel, a nephew of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is charged with murdering Martha Moxley in 1975, when both were 15.

Police chemist fired by chief
OKLAHOMA CITY A police chemist under investigation for giving false or misleading testimony in criminal cases was fired yesterday.
Joyce Gilchrist was dismissed from her job by Chief of Police M.T. Berry, who said the decision was based on the recommendations of an administrative panel who heard testimony about her misconduct.
A statement from Chief Berry's office said reasons for firing her "include laboratory mismanagement, criticism from court challenges and flawed casework analysis."

Terror victims telethon raised $150 million
LOS ANGELES A telethon broadcast worldwide last week to raise money for the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has so far raised more than $150 million, organizers said yesterday.
Friday's telethon featured stars such as Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, as well as musical performances by Willie Nelson and Mariah Carey. "America: A Tribute to Heroes" was a joint effort by the four major TV networks.

Killer gets life in jail for Iowa massacre
SIOUX CITY, Iowa A man accused of killing his girlfriend, her five children and a local businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven counts of first-degree murder.
Adam Matthew Moss, 24, was immediately sentenced to seven consecutive terms of life in prison for the late August killings of his girlfriend, Leticia Aguilar, 31; her children ranging in age from 12 to 6; and businessman Ronald Fish. Moss declined to make a statement before sentencing.
Authorities said Moss beat each of the children to death with a hammer while they slept, then went to Aguilar's room, cut her throat and beat her in the face with a hammer. Fish had been attacked with a hammer and knife at a separate location.

Artificial heart patients faring well, doctors say
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Two recipients of the world's first self-contained artificial hearts are faring well, to the point where the initial patient has taken walks in a park, doctors said yesterday.
The second patient, Tom Christerson, 70, was safely removed from the ventilator that was helping him breathe within a day of his Sept. 13 implant surgery, the surgeons who did the operations said at a news conference.
Mr. Christerson and fellow patient Robert Tools, 59, who has made steady progress since being implanted with the AbioCor artificial heart on July 2, were both experiencing chronic heart failure before their surgeries and had been given only a 10 percent to 20 percent chance of surviving 30 days.

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